|Publication number||US7997721 B1|
|Application number||US 12/846,155|
|Publication date||Aug 16, 2011|
|Filing date||Jul 29, 2010|
|Priority date||Jul 29, 2010|
|Publication number||12846155, 846155, US 7997721 B1, US 7997721B1, US-B1-7997721, US7997721 B1, US7997721B1|
|Inventors||Mark A. Burcham|
|Original Assignee||Burcham Mark A|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (13), Classifications (7), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention is directed to safety glasses and safety goggles, more particularly to safety glasses with a means of providing hearing protection.
Earplugs or other means of hearing protection are oftentimes required for the same tasks that safety goggles or glasses are required. As such, some individuals use safety goggles and separate earplugs, and some individuals do not bother with ear or eye protection. The present invention features a safety eyewear device that features hearing protection. The device of the present invention helps provide users with a convenient means of accessing both eye and ear protection at the same time.
Any feature or combination of features described herein are included within the scope of the present invention provided that the features included in any such combination are not mutually inconsistent as will be apparent from the context, this specification, and the knowledge of one of ordinary skill in the art. Additional advantages and aspects of the present invention are apparent in the following detailed description and claims.
Referring now to
The safety eyewear device 100 of the present invention comprises a pair of standard safety glasses 110. Safety glasses are well known to one of ordinary skill in the art. For example, the safety glasses 110 comprise two eye pieces connected by a nose bridge and two elongated extensions for resting atop the user's ears (e.g., a first extension 120 a and a second extension 120 b). In some embodiments, the extensions 120 a, 120 b are adjustable in length (see
The safety eyewear device 100 of the present invention further comprises two earplug components designed to removably attach to the safety glasses 110. The earplug components each comprise an arm 150 (e.g., elongated panel, tube, or stick) having a first end and a second end. Disposed on the second end of the arm 150 is an earplug 152.
The earplug components may be attached to the safety glasses 110 via an attachment means. For example, in some embodiments, the attachment means includes an arm aperture 150 disposed on the first end of an arm 150 and one or more extension apertures 130 disposed on the first extension 120 a and the second extension 120 b near the respective outer ends. The extension apertures 130 are adapted to be aligned with an arm aperture of the earplug component such that a screw 154 can be used to secure the earplug component to the extensions 120 a, 120 b.
In some embodiments, the attachment means includes a slot 156 disposed in the first end of the arm 150 of the earplug component, which is adapted to snugly slide around the extension 120 a, 120 b (see
The safety eyewear device 100 of the present invention may be constructed from a variety of materials. For example, the earplug component may be constructed from a material comprising plastic, for example to provide durability.
The disclosures of the following U.S. Patents are incorporated in their entirety by reference herein: U.S. Pat. No. 5,781,272; U.S. Pat. No. 6,340,227; U.S. Pat. Application No. 2004/0085509; U.S. Pat. No. 6,728,974; U.S. Pat. No. 6,082,855; U.S. Pat. No. 7,213,916; U.S. Pat. No. 5,475,449; U.S. Pat. No. 3,856,007; U.S. Pat. No. 6,382,213.
Various modifications of the invention, in addition to those described herein, will be apparent to those skilled in the art from the foregoing description. Such modifications are also intended to fall within the scope of the appended claims. Each reference cited in the present application is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
Although there has been shown and described the preferred embodiment of the present invention, it will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art that modifications may be made thereto which do not exceed the scope of the appended claims. Therefore, the scope of the invention is only to be limited by the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||351/123, 351/158|
|Cooperative Classification||G02C11/00, G02C5/20|
|European Classification||G02C11/00, G02C5/20|